Slim is voiced by Irving Mellor.

Irving lives on the Isle of Man where, until eight years ago, he worked in the hotel industry. It was then that back problems, caused by heavy lifting, forced Irving to give up his beloved job and become registered disabled. Not that Irving likes the term: “People should be able to carry on their lives, regardless of whether they are disabled or not,” he says.

“Irving walks with a stick, and has to avoid hills and long walks. He relies on the local bus to take him into the island’s capital, Douglas. “The majority of local bus drivers are accommodating; they make sure that the ramps are down before I get on”.

“I don’t encounter as many access difficulties as people in wheelchairs,” he continues. “I’ve noticed that there are a lot of shops and pubs without enough space to move wheelchairs around”.